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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    Go to the Mall Of Asia. It has nice architecture, really different to the usual shoe box design. Part of it is open to the sky and still has aircon. Enough natural light to have plants growing there. Even the ice skating rink is partly open.
    I've been to MOA several times, and yes, it's a very nice mall, with a wide airy feel. Not cramped like the other malls. However, I went to Robinson's Ermita instead, as MOA was too far off and Ermita was along the way. Saw a lot of clothes and shoes! haha... but didn't buy any of those stuff, I have lots of shoes already! lol And I'm saving up for my backpacking trip, so priorities, priorities

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    So they sell Bintang there, at the same price as every other store. Star beer. Nice pics.
    I tried the "light" version of Bintang beer, it was nice. It wasn't too bitter, which was good for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    bvilla Bali, Indonesia here's where i like to stay in Bali.
    That looks nice. The hostel was also near Bali Yarravillas. It was mostly private villas at the back of the hostel.

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    Temple tours

    Gunung Kawi in Takpaksiring. It was past lunchtime when I visited this place. I travelled alone to Bali, but met another Filipina who also stayed in the same hostel. We befriended each other and the next day, we travelled together and shared the taxi which we hired for the day (which was nice because we got to split the cost!). Also, I had someone to take my pics, and vice versa. lol

    Sign along the highway


    Guard along the road to the temple
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    Souvenir shops along the way to the temple ruins


    More souvenir shops once you've reached the entrance... there's an entrance fee (15,000 IDR, I think). Before you enter the complex, you'll be asked to wear a sarong - you can bring one or buy from the shops, but you can also borrow a sarong from the ticket-sellers for a small donation. There are 100+ steps going down to the ruins, so be prepared for a hike.

    Those brown round thingies with holes in them are carved from coconut shells, they said - very nice.



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    When we reached the temple ruins downstairs, some areas were under renovation




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    In front of the temple (2nd pic of previous post), they have a place where the locals put offerings.



    Sorry for the black box, I had to crop out the face of my friend.

    other Gunung Kawi pics


    Sorry again for the black blurbs, as you can see I'm very curvy.



    I wasn't a member of TD yet when I took this trip, so I didn't take pics with the intention of posting them in a forum, so some pics aren't anonymous in nature, but with a bit of me in them.

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    On the way down (and back up), you'll pass some ricefields.


    I think it's the same dog...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post


    Sorry again for the black blurbs, as you can see I'm very curvy.



    I wasn't a member of TD yet when I took this trip, so I didn't take pics with the intention of posting them in a forum, so some pics aren't anonymous in nature, but with a bit of me in them.
    we like curves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    bvilla Bali, Indonesia here's where i like to stay in Bali.
    Nice place but $235 a night for a 1 bedroom pool villa?
    I am staying here in Sanur.
    A new 1 bedroom private pool villa for $80
    Smart Comfort Sanur Batu Jimbar

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    3 bedroom mate. And it's in Seminyak, not Sanur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    3 bedroom mate.
    So $365/night

    And it's in Seminyak, not Sanur.
    Yep

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23
    @Miss Traveller: I hope you do make it to Bali. It's a beautiful place, and there were lots of tourists when I went there, since it was the Christmas holidays. HK is much more pricey than Bali, but I hope you enjoy it too. I found it too congested and pricey, but enjoyed the view & hike to the big Buddha place in Lantau island. From HK, you can go on a day trip to Macau. I liked the old part of the city more than the new part, which was the hotels & casinos.
    Thanks and nice pics again. Did you ever make it to Ubud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boatboy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    3 bedroom mate.
    So $365/night

    And it's in Seminyak, not Sanur.
    Yep

    Correct, or $121.50 per night per room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by boatboy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    3 bedroom mate.
    So $365/night

    And it's in Seminyak, not Sanur.
    Yep
    Correct, or $121.50 per night per room.
    Right. KW does his maths nicely. If one was travelling with a big group, or a big family, I guess that place (KW's) would be great.

    I didn't go to Sanur or Nusa Dua, but when I was checking out places online, they both seemed too far away from everything. An Aussie friend advised me not to choose Kuta, since it was so busy and there were some places not safe for girls. So I chose Seminyak, which was relatively near the airport and fairly central, but not too crowded. From what I've seen, I made a good choice.

    If anyone's interested, in the Drupadi Studio Apartment, one studio-type unit (with shared pool) costs 49 USD/night during off-peak season - those apartments were behind the hostel I stayed in. There was also another hotel, Seminyak Boutique Hotel (not sure of the name) near the beach, which looked nice on the outside and had live music (acoustic) at night. I don't know the rates for that hotel, but if you want to be near the beach in Seminyak, then that hotel is a good location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTraveller View Post
    Thanks and nice pics again. Did you ever make it to Ubud?
    I went to the Monkey Forest, which is in Ubud; didn't go to the other temples or sites there, since other sites were on the agenda. On the way to Gunung Kawi, the taxi passed by Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), which is still in Ubud, I think. Tirtha Empul is ~15 min away from Gunung Kawi, so you can combine the two (TE & GK).

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    More pics..

    Passed by a temple, Pura Desa Batuan, on the way to Ubud and the Monkey Forest; didn't enter, just took pics outside.



    tourists getting "saronged"



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    Our taxi had a little mishap, so we had to do a pit stop at a gas station. That's Mr. Adi, the driver.



    Monkey Forest - we arrived ~10:30 am, which was nice, because it was monkey feeding time.
    At the entrance, they sell bananas (for monkey feeding). Entrance fee: 20,000 Rp



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    Good stuff, ive been there also, nice and cool.

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    Mama monkey and kids; it was great to see the monkeys in their habitat.
    Mama was so protective of her kids.


    This one had an itch that needed scratching


    Cremation temple - no idea if it's for humans or the monkeys


    Scary looking dragon bridge

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    waste segregation in Monkey Forest


    I wonder what they were doing that they were turned into stone?

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    Ya gotta be carefl of dem monkeys, i got bit once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Ya gotta be carefl of dem monkeys, i got bit once.
    Yeah, before I left for my vacation, I read blogs and reviews about the places that I wanted to go to. There were some reports of being bitten by the monkeys. So when I was there, I didn't go near them, and didn't attempt to feed them. One of the other tourists offered a monkey a banana, but she was also holding a chocolate bar. The monkey got the chocolate bar and ran away with it (ignored the banana). Choosy little monkey!

    So did you have tetanus shots (or other injection) afterwards?

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    Nah, it didnt break the skin, but given i had my 5 year kld son with me i was not real happy.

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    Ubud is one of the best places in the wrold to hang out - thanks for posting

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